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ADHD FAQ

If I am seen at Student Health Services for ADHD, what kinds of treatments will I receive?
There are many types of effective treatments for ADHD including medications, counseling, and lifestyle modification. Our students work closely with their doctor to determine which options are safest and most appropriate for them. It is important to note that while medications can be effective, sometimes a doctor may choose not to prescribe them for safety or other reasons.

Why does the testing have to be within the last 5 years?
An assessment for ADHD must be current. In most cases, this means that a diagnostic evaluation must have been completed within the past 5 years. If documentation is inadequate in scope or content, or does not address the individual's current level of functioning and need for accommodations, reevaluation may be required.


Will you accept a letter from my doctor along with my medical records in place of a psychological evaluation?
No, a full psychological evaluation is required.


My psychologist gave me a summary letter of my testing. Will that be okay?
Evaluations that satisfy our requirements include: a complete review of medical, psychological, educational records; a detailed and thorough diagnostic interview; summary of assessment findings; specific diagnoses and recommendations made by a licensed professional.


Can I be seen at your clinic for ADHD checkups, so my doctor back home can continue to prescribe the medication?
Students who are followed by doctors at home for medication treatment of ADHD are advised to plan for initiating follow-up appointments with their doctors when they are home (e.g., school holidays).

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